How it all began
“The Rumi quote (‘We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust’) was jotted in my first songbook when I decided to become a musician,” Auriol confirms in introduction as to what can best be described as the most enlightened stage of the truly gifted artist’s life yet.
“This particular quote has great significance, as I believe that all we can do, while we are here, is try to understand love in all its various forms. In the end that is what makes us human. It’s what drives me both on and off stage…”
Authentic and sincere are but a few words that best describe Ms Hays musicality. Blessed with a powerful, sultry thick-as-molasses voice the SAMA nominated songwriter unseats her audience. Deep, delightful and a mirror reflection of life experiences – Auriol Hays is no mere musician. She is a Musical Storyteller, the village witch, a sonorous shaman beckoning all…
‘Music,’ says Tagore ‘fills the infinite between two souls’, and Ms Hays achieves this with consummate ease on all her musical offerings. From her debut album Behind Closed Doors, her sophomore release Call it Love and now Dreaming Music. Ms Hays proves that she is nothing other than a chronicler of the human experience.
International award winning author Zakes Mda says, ‘She has the knack to astound, and quite often her sound defies categorization’. Her compositions have been featured on SABC 3’s weekly soapie, Isidingo, and extensively on The Mating Game. The French cosmetics brand Carrefour and the makers of the movie Paradise Stop have both embraced Auriol’s vocal virtuosity.
Multiple accolades aside, live is where this chanteuse captivates. Be it at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, opening with the Gauteng Big Band at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Zoo Lake Music Festival, Suidoosterfees, Lusito Land Festival, the Folk and Acoustic festival or the Cape Town International Jazz Festival alongside the Brand New Heavies, Buena Vista Social Club and Jill Scott.
Socially conscious, Ms Hays’ Dreaming Music also includes a nod in support of Greenpeace, a song penned for the Arctic 30 titled “Come Home to Me”, intended to highlight the plight of Arctic drilling in Russia and the impact on the environment.
Auriol is the proud brand ambassador for three NGO’s – The Living Cornerstone Alzheimer’s Homes, Help2read, dedicated to child literacy and Masikhule Child, who assists in educating and developing the needs of both women and children within marginalised communities.
She’s also a board member of an innovative and cutting edge dance company, Dark Room Contemporary. 2015 saw Ms Hays nominated for an Mbokdo Women in Jazz award. In addition she released her deep house album, DeepHays, with DJ Rowick Deep before he passed away.